Writer: Sasha D.
Visuals: Kaye O.
Editor: Liz S.
As school obligations seem to close around you and stress mounts, why not take a weekend for yourself to unwind and relax? Where better than a weekend fitness getaway to receive your much-needed rest and recuperation? In the Philippines, fitness resorts can be found at your fingertips. For example, Mt. Ulap, Baguio, a picturesque hiking destination that leads you through the mountainous terrain characteristic of Benguet province and above the clouds, Mt. Ulap is the perfect candidate for your weekend excursion. Experience the cool northwesterly wind and fresh air as you journey through the winding paths and rocky outcroppings of one of the Philippines’ most gorgeous destinations. So, while you might have to fight for a few hours to get away from Manila, you’ll be rewarded with views that will make it well worth the effort.
Bluff on Mt. Ulap overlooking the lingayen gulf
Alternatively, try “Qi Palawan,” a stunning resort just an hour’s drive from El Nido. The serenity of this location is brought on by its isolation. Deep in the heart of Palawan, not another resort in sight. Feel refreshed every morning with yoga classes on the house before you tuck into an organic breakfast- prepared with ingredients from Qi Palawan’s very own garden.
Room at Qi Palawan
If you fancy something a bit closer to home, you might want to try “The Farm at San Benito”. Located in Batangas, it’s only an hour and a half jaunt from the crowded streets of Manila, striking the perfect balance between the scenic, albeit far off, resorts mentioned above and the comforts of your very own home. The Farm at San Benito encourages the restoration of mind, body, and spirit. The extensive facilities of this luxurious wellness retreat include a nutritionist, yoga coach, and personal fitness trainer.
The farm at San Benito
If you’re looking for further inspiration in regards to an upcoming fitness retreat, check out this link, which details resorts all over the Philippines which will no doubt cleanse your mind and reinvigorate your body: